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Graduate student earns top honors in thesis competition

RELEASED: Nov. 11, 2011

Amber Zank
Amber Zank

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate Amber Zank earned first-place honors in UW-Eau Claire's annual Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.

Each year faculty and staff members are encouraged to nominate theses considered exceptional for the competition, with judging provided by the Graduate Council faculty committee. For this year's competition, the nominee must have been awarded a master's degree between Oct. 1, 2010, and Sept. 30, 2011.

Dr. Michael Axelrod, associate professor of psychology, submitted Zank's thesis, titled "Training Individuals to Implement a Brief Experimental Analyses of Oral Reading Fluency." Axelrod was Zank's faculty thesis adviser during her time at UW-Eau Claire.

Zank, who lives in White Bear Lake, Minn., but is originally from Edgar, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in family studies, as well as a master's degree in school psychology, all from UW-Eau Claire.

Zank will receive recognition for her work and a $500 award. In addition, her thesis will be submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools competition. Results of that competition will be available in spring 2012.

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